Vicar: Rev’d Caroline Beckett - 01206 30 87 26 - revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com

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December 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

You can read The Native here:

Native Dec 2019

All Saints: Repairs and Improvements: Tower of Strength

All Saints’ Brightlingsea secures National Lottery Support

The ancient church of All Saints’ Brightlingsea, has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its ‘Tower of Strength’ project, it was announced today. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to undertake urgent repairs to the magnificent Tudor Tower and to install an equal-access indoor toilet and simple kitchen to offer a more inclusive welcome to all and share the heritage of All Saints’ with the wider community.

Development funding of up to £61,000 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the parish of Brightlingsea and the Friends of All Saints’ progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

The project will not only see the Tower parapets, stone and leadwork made safe but with the new toilet & kitchen facility it will allow more cultural, educational and community events to take place. Making the most of the famous maritime links locally, sharing the heritage of the church interior as well as exploring the wild-life and nature of England’s second largest churchyard, will create a wealth of activities and resources for many to enjoy, as well as providing a bank of volunteers with skills to share.

This is a Grade 1 Listed building, first built 800 years ago, with an iconic wall frieze of tiles commemorating all parishioners lost at sea during the past 150 years, as well as other significant features on the walls and as floor brasses. As a landmark building, which every visitor to the town passes, the church represents home-coming and safety to today’s townspeople as much as it did in the past, when riding-lights were lit on the Tower to guide sailors to safe harbour.

The spokesperson for the All Saints’ Project group said  “We’re delighted  that we’ve received this support, thanks to The National Lottery players. The church building has been the anchor for the community for hundreds of years,  it’s a real comfort to know that we helping to preserve it for future generations and make it fit for today’s needs.”

Elizabeth Foss-Smith  07899 776 620.

Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’
We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!
Holy Mowers and All Saints Churchyard:
A warm welcome from our very friendly group awaits you. If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574 or 07944 108624

If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

July 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native July 2019

UPDATE on All Saints’ project

Our plans for restoring the heritage at All Saints’ and installing a WC and small kitchen which will allow a much wider use of the church and churchyard are gaining pace. We are all working hard to complete applications to various grant-givers, and have prepared masses of evidence to show what we need to do, and why….. to stop the Tower falling down, make sure we have an equal access indoor loo, and create a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

We have been greatly encouraged by all the good ideas for sharing the love of the heritage – the Tower, the Memorial Tiles, the ancient churchyard, the brasses and all the other very special features. Lots of people have come forward to volunteer for future activities, we are calling them “All Saints’ Angels” – and others have been offering contributions for the project – all the money will go into a special account. If you would like to help in any way ,we should be delighted to hear from you.

Elizabeth Foss-Smith 07899 776 620 Chair of Re-development Committee.

News from the Churchwardens

PCC: The parish has just held its annual meeting where reports are presented, the Parochial Church Council is chosen and Churchwardens are elected.
Carole Warren has decided to stand down and her place has been taken by Sheila Crow. Carole has been a churchwarden for several years, we’re all immensely grateful for the work she has done for Brightlingsea: at one point, a few years ago, she had to bear the burden on her own as the single churchwarden. Bob is particularly grateful to her: for the leadership she has given and for the pleasure of sharing the responsibility with her.
Sheila has done wonderful work with the Holy Mowers in the churchyard at All Saints and will bring her own special gifts to her new role as churchwarden. We are also pleased to welcome to the PCC John Dines, Captain of the Church Lads & Girls Brigade.

The Damaged Headstones A number of headstones were damaged in the car incident in December, some of them shattered into dozens of pieces. It’s our hope that, wherever possible, they will be repaired. In some cases, there are surviving family members of those who are commemorated by these headstones and we need to consult with them about what to do. If you are related to any of the people who were buried in this spot in the churchyard just inside the Lych Gate, we would very much like you to get in touch through the Church Office. Bob and Sheila

Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’
We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!

Mission of the Month: WATER AID
A plentiful supply of good clean water is something we in the western world tend to take for granted, but this is not the case in so many countries. Extreme poverty cannot end until clean water, toilets and hygiene are a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere. Worldwide, 844 million people live without clean water close to home, and 2.3 billion don’t have a decent toilet of their own.
WaterAid focuses resolutely on three essentials: clean water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene. Each year nearly 300,000 children do not live to see their fifth birthday because of diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
That’s why WaterAid taps into groundwater, drills wells and harvests rainwater to bring clean water to where people live, work and go to school – whether in a rural community or an urban dwelling.
Installing decent toilets also promotes good hygiene – helping people stay clean and healthy. This demonstrates to governments the difference this makes to whole communities: children don’t miss school with stomach ache or die from

Holy Mowers and All Saints Churchyard: If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574

If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

June 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native May 2019

(Apologies but the June issue is not yet available)

25 5 19: UPDATE on All Saints’ project

Our plans for restoring the heritage at All Saints’ and installing a WC and small kitchen which will allow a much wider use of the church and churchyard are gaining pace. We are all working hard to complete applications to various grant-givers, and have prepared masses of evidence to show what we need to do, and why….. to stop the Tower falling down, make sure we have an equal access indoor loo, and create a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

We have been greatly encouraged by all the good ideas for sharing the love of the heritage – the Tower, the Memorial Tiles, the ancient churchyard, the brasses and all the other very special features. Lots of people have come forward to volunteer for future activities, we are calling them “All Saints’ Angels” – and others have been offering contributions for the project – all the money will go into a special account. If you would like to help in any way ,we should be delighted to hear from you.

Elizabeth Foss-Smith 07899 776 620 Chair of Re-development Committee.

News from the Churchwardens

PCC: The parish has just held its annual meeting where reports are presented, the Parochial Church Council is chosen and Churchwardens are elected.
Carole Warren has decided to stand down and her place has been taken by Sheila Crow. Carole has been a churchwarden for several years, we’re all immensely grateful for the work she has done for Brightlingsea: at one point, a few years ago, she had to bear the burden on her own as the single churchwarden. Bob is particularly grateful to her: for the leadership she has given and for the pleasure of sharing the responsibility with her.
Sheila has done wonderful work with the Holy Mowers in the churchyard at All Saints and will bring her own special gifts to her new role as churchwarden. We are also pleased to welcome to the PCC John Dines, Captain of the Church Lads & Girls Brigade.

The Damaged Headstones A number of headstones were damaged in the car incident in December, some of them shattered into dozens of pieces. It’s our hope that, wherever possible, they will be repaired. In some cases, there are surviving family members of those who are commemorated by these headstones and we need to consult with them about what to do. If you are related to any of the people who were buried in this spot in the churchyard just inside the Lych Gate, we would very much like you to get in touch through the Church Office. Bob and Sheila

Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’
We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!

Mission of the Month:
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
Christians Against Poverty is a charity determined to lift people out of poverty. With the help of local churches, the St Osyth Deanery (which includes Brightlingsea parish) opened a new debt centre in Clacton in April 2018.
CAP’s service is unique because clients are visited in their own home. The service respects the whole person, knowing that often poor finances are due to a range of other problems like relationship breakdown, job loss or ill health.
CAP’s service is completely free, there are no minimum repayment requirements and it does not matter how much debt someone has or how low their income is. It is available for everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
CAP’s freephone number is 0800 328 0006 and the website is capuk.org
Deborah

Holy Mowers and All Saints Churchyard: If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574

If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

May 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native May 2019

25 5 19: UPDATE on All Saints’ project

Our plans for restoring the heritage at All Saints’ and installing a WC and small kitchen which will allow a much wider use of the church and churchyard are gaining pace. We are all working hard to complete applications to various grant-givers, and have prepared masses of evidence to show what we need to do, and why….. to stop the Tower falling down, make sure we have an equal access indoor loo, and create a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

We have been greatly encouraged by all the good ideas for sharing the love of the heritage – the Tower, the Memorial Tiles, the ancient churchyard, the brasses and all the other very special features. Lots of people have come forward to volunteer for future activities, we are calling them “All Saints’ Angels” – and others have been offering contributions for the project – all the money will go into a special account. If you would like to help in any way ,we should be delighted to hear from you.

Elizabeth Foss-Smith 07899 776 620 Chair of Re-development Committee.

News from the Churchwardens

PCC: The parish has just held its annual meeting where reports are presented, the Parochial Church Council is chosen and Churchwardens are elected.
Carole Warren has decided to stand down and her place has been taken by Sheila Crow. Carole has been a churchwarden for several years, we’re all immensely grateful for the work she has done for Brightlingsea: at one point, a few years ago, she had to bear the burden on her own as the single churchwarden. Bob is particularly grateful to her: for the leadership she has given and for the pleasure of sharing the responsibility with her.
Sheila has done wonderful work with the Holy Mowers in the churchyard at All Saints and will bring her own special gifts to her new role as churchwarden. We are also pleased to welcome to the PCC John Dines, Captain of the Church Lads & Girls Brigade.
Bishop of Chelmsford to Bless the Lych Gate: Each year, Bishop Stephen spends a few day making missionary walks around the diocese. On Sunday, 19th May, one of those planned walks will see the Bishop walking from Alresford (arrives at Alresford station at 08:49,) to Brightlingsea (arr. to bless Lych Gate approx. 10:45, then arr. St James’ 11:15 to a welcome from Sparklers Sunday School) and then taking a boat over to Mersea (12:15) to resume the walk. We hope that the Bishop will be able to pause his journey to join us at the Lych Gate and bless this newly-restored Brightlingsea treasure. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, the Mayor, Deputy, Royal British Legion and others will be invited to attend (it may be that some will wish to join him on his walk into Brightlingsea town).
The Damaged Headstones A number of headstones were damaged in the car incident, some of them shattered into dozens of pieces. It’s our hope that, wherever possible, they will be repaired. In some cases, there are surviving family members of those who are commemorated by these headstones and we need to consult with them about what to do. If you are related to any of the people who were buried in this spot in the churchyard just inside the Lych Gate, we would very much like you to get in touch through the Church Office. Bob and Sheila

Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’
We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!

Mission of the Month:
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
Christians Against Poverty is a charity determined to lift people out of poverty. With the help of local churches, the St Osyth Deanery (which includes Brightlingsea parish) opened a new debt centre in Clacton in April 2018.
CAP’s service is unique because clients are visited in their own home. The service respects the whole person, knowing that often poor finances are due to a range of other problems like relationship breakdown, job loss or ill health.
CAP’s service is completely free, there are no minimum repayment requirements and it does not matter how much debt someone has or how low their income is. It is available for everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
CAP’s freephone number is 0800 328 0006 and the website is capuk.org
Deborah

Holy Mowers and All Saints Churchyard: If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574

If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

April 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native April 2019

News from the Churchwardens
THE LYCH GATE at All Saints’ Church is under repair. You won’t see much evidence of it yet because the local firm undertaking the work, Smart Carpentry and Refurbishments, are busy indoors repairing damaged timbers and re-making where they have to. This is skilled work using traditional skills, crafting with oak.
They began by collecting all the damaged woodwork and referring to a wall of photographs to put the bits together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. This is slow and painstaking work but the parts of the Lych gate are taking shape. The original gates were shattered but new ones have been constructed to match the jigsaw puzzle alongside.
When this phase is complete, they’ll move onto site to re-assemble. Keep watching!
THE ALL SAINTS’ REPAIRS AND NEW FACILITIES PROJECT is gathering pace and there was a public display of the plans at the Town Council Chamber recently to show people and talk about the proposals. Dozens of local organisations have been written to, asking for letters of support and encouragement – which is a vital part of the grant-seeking procedure. If you belong to a local organisation we would urge you to give us this vital help; it’s support we are asking for, not money!
THE HOLY MOWERS are working wonders in the churchyard, which is more accessible than it has been for many, many years. Consequently, people are able to visit and tend graves that they couldn’t get to, or even see, before. The Holy Mowers are volunteers and we applaud their efforts. We hope you do, too!
Bob and Carole

ALL SAINTS ANGELS PROJECT
Recently launched at church services in February and in the town at an open meeting, the All Saints’ Angels Project intends to involve everyone who loves and cares for the church and churchyard in order to ensure its survival. By helping in whatever way is possible, we want to echo the eternity of the building and honour its heritage, so we can transform today’s activities to ensure a flourishing future.
Overall we plan to install simple facilities at All Saints’ church (WC and kitchenette), put in some storage cupboards and make urgent repairs to the Tower. This would then allow greater public access and provide a venue for wider use.
Unsurprisingly this will cost a great deal, at least £477,000 of which we already have £100,000. We are in the process of applying for grants but will need to fund-raise locally as well. People have asked if they can help by contacting their family members who may live far away but still have strong family links with Brightlingsea. I am happy to supply details to support their request for donations.
The aim is to have a church and churchyard that are suitable for 21st century use, where we can hold services, concerts, festivals and other events in comfort, when we can open up for arts, crafts, nature-themed, historical and other activities to draw in a much wider range of young and old, church-going and non-church audiences.
If we can persuade people to visit the church, they will learn to love and care for it as we do, and want to preserve it in turn for others.
Elizabeth Foss-Smith
e.fosssmith@btinternet.com 01206 305120

Can we also remind you that Christmas flowers and wreaths on graves, should now be removed.

[If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574]

If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Mission of the Month:
PORRIDGE and PENS
Our PCC are delighted to adopt local charity Porridge and Pens for our Lent Appeal this year.
Porridge and Pens works at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The Brightlingsea Child Care Centre (previously known as the Brightlingsea School) was set up to ensure that some of the country’s poorest children can get an education and a daily meal, believing every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential by having food to eat and a place to learn.
Porridge and Pens makes measurable differences to over 200 young lives every day. They work with an orphanage in Kumasi to supply fresh fruit to over 60 children, adding variety and nutrition to rice-based diets.
Girl Power offers life-changing opportunities for young women by means of educational grants and scholarships.
The charity provides on-going grants and support to schools, orphanages, families and individuals in the region.
Our local support group has a programme of fundraising and awareness raising events. Do watch out and give your support to this deserving cause.
Find out more at their website www.porridgeandpens.org, or visit their facebook page
@porridgeandpens to learn more.

March/April 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native March 2019

Native April 2019

All Saints Churchyard. Take a walk through the churchyard and you will see thousands of snowdrops looking their best (see photos below). We also have some aconites that were planted last year in flower too.

Can we also remind you that Christmas flowers and wreaths on graves, should now be removed. 

From Sheila. The evenings are starting to get lighter. Spring is definitely on its way. The churchyard is full of snowdrops, and we have much to look forward to. We are hoping that a lot of the bird boxes that we put up, will be occupied this year. Holy Mowers are fortunate to receive a cheque for £200 from the East of England Co-op token scheme. This will pay to refurbish of the trailer that we have been given. We have found storage for all our mowers, so I am finally off to see Mr Bellett at Alresford to ask him to find us a suitable, good, second hand ride-on mower. How exciting, then we will be ready to go! Several of us have been working off the extra calories that we consumed over the Christmas period, and we have raked many more bags of leaves. Beneath the leaves are snowdrops and primroses just waiting to unfurl. Nature is a wonderful thing. We have had some lovely cards made from a beautiful photo that Angela took in the churchyard in 2018. The inside is left blank so they can be used for a variety of occasions. We are hoping to produce cards of all the seasons. The Mowers have some really good photo skills. The cards will be available to buy and monies raised will be put towards projects planned for the churchyard. We are urgently looking to get some notice boards. Users of the churchyard need to know about the regulations, the types of trees/ birds/wildlife we have in our churchyard, and tell the story of the war graves. Hopefully within a few months they will be in place. We have also held our celebration lunch; it was a wonderful occasion. 14 of us sat down together for good food and laughter. When we started the Holy Mowers three years ago, there were about five of us, and now we have 17. They don’t all turn up every week, but many hands make light work, the results are amazing, and we are always happy to welcome more. [If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574]

If you would like to join the Holy Mowers just turn up at 10.00 on any Thursday morning or give Sheila Crowe a ring on 01206 30 65 74 

Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate on 20th Nov.

The aftermath of a car going out of control, crashing through the lychgate and wrecking some 10 headstones.  Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath. Thanks to all who have given money to help restore the gate and headstones

Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.

  

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).

Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college.  The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Memories of London Community Gospel Choir

Judith Gibbons writes: The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come.

We welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’, 65 men and women who had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. The audience loved it!

And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.

Rev Bazil spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe  on 30 65 74.

Mission of the Month:
TRAIDCRAFT 
Traidcraft plc pioneered fair trade in the UK, but in common with many retailers currently, they are struggling to remain viable, and are at risk of closure having made a loss of £500,000 in 2017.  Many of our Saturday Coffee regulars will recall the stall run for several years by David and Linda Salmon, selling colourful packets of tea, coffee, dates, cocoa and chocolate and more. In churches around the country, there are still similar stalls, though their numbers are gradually dwindling. The  Traidcraft venture started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 importing handicrafts and food from impoverished parts of the world, and guaranteeing the producers a fair, minimum price and improved working conditions. They claim that anything you can think of that’s fair trade today, Traidcraft did it first.

While the Traidcraft business struggles, sales of goods bearing the Fairtrade Foundation’s fairtrade logo (which Traidcraft helped to set up) are booming. Rising by 7% in 2017 compared with the previous year. The Fairtrade message is now so mainstream that customers who care about ethical consumption can find their fairtrade products (mostly foodstuffs) from any supermarket. The big concern is for producers who only have access to market their goods through Traidcraft.
For example, around 700 women in India are employed making hand-stitched cards. In seeking ways to keep their business afloat, Traidcraft may concentrate mainly on the handicrafts in future. Fairtrade is about more than just a product; it is about a whole way of thinking, being and living and that doesn’t die. If you care, look for the Fairtrade logo when you shop, even if you can’t find Traidcraft.

March 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:-

Native March 2019

All Saints Churchyard. Take a walk through the churchyard and you will see thousands of snowdrops looking their best (see photos below). We also have some aconites that were planted last year in flower too.

Can we also remind you that Christmas flowers and wreaths on graves, should now be removed. 

From Sheila. The evenings are starting to get lighter. Spring is definitely on its way. The churchyard is full of snowdrops, and we have much to look forward to. We are hoping that a lot of the bird boxes that we put up, will be occupied this year. Holy Mowers are fortunate to receive a cheque for £200 from the East of England Co-op token scheme. This will pay to refurbish of the trailer that we have been given. We have found storage for all our mowers, so I am finally off to see Mr Bellett at Alresford to ask him to find us a suitable, good, second hand ride-on mower. How exciting, then we will be ready to go! Several of us have been working off the extra calories that we consumed over the Christmas period, and we have raked many more bags of leaves. Beneath the leaves are snowdrops and primroses just waiting to unfurl. Nature is a wonderful thing. We have had some lovely cards made from a beautiful photo that Angela took in the churchyard in 2018. The inside is left blank so they can be used for a variety of occasions. We are hoping to produce cards of all the seasons. The Mowers have some really good photo skills. The cards will be available to buy and monies raised will be put towards projects planned for the churchyard. We are urgently looking to get some notice boards. Users of the churchyard need to know about the regulations, the types of trees/ birds/wildlife we have in our churchyard, and tell the story of the war graves. Hopefully within a few months they will be in place. We have also held our celebration lunch; it was a wonderful occasion. 14 of us sat down together for good food and laughter. When we started the Holy Mowers three years ago, there were about five of us, and now we have 17. They don’t all turn up every week, but many hands make light work, the results are amazing, and we are always happy to welcome more. [If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574]

If you would like to join the Holy Mowers just turn up at 10.00 on any Thursday morning or give Sheila Crowe a ring on 01206 30 65 74 

Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate on 20th Nov.

The aftermath of a car going out of control, crashing through the lychgate and wrecking some 10 headstones.  Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath. Thanks to all who have given money to help restore the gate and headstones

Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.

  

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).

Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college.  The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Memories of London Community Gospel Choir

Judith Gibbons writes: The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come.

We welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’, 65 men and women who had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. The audience loved it!

And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.

Rev Bazil spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe  on 30 65 74.

Mission of the Month:
TRAIDCRAFT 
Traidcraft plc pioneered fair trade in the UK, but in common with many retailers currently, they are struggling to remain viable, and are at risk of closure having made a loss of £500,000 in 2017.  Many of our Saturday Coffee regulars will recall the stall run for several years by David and Linda Salmon, selling colourful packets of tea, coffee, dates, cocoa and chocolate and more. In churches around the country, there are still similar stalls, though their numbers are gradually dwindling. The  Traidcraft venture started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 importing handicrafts and food from impoverished parts of the world, and guaranteeing the producers a fair, minimum price and improved working conditions. They claim that anything you can think of that’s fair trade today, Traidcraft did it first.

While the Traidcraft business struggles, sales of goods bearing the Fairtrade Foundation’s fairtrade logo (which Traidcraft helped to set up) are booming. Rising by 7% in 2017 compared with the previous year. The Fairtrade message is now so mainstream that customers who care about ethical consumption can find their fairtrade products (mostly foodstuffs) from any supermarket. The big concern is for producers who only have access to market their goods through Traidcraft.
For example, around 700 women in India are employed making hand-stitched cards. In seeking ways to keep their business afloat, Traidcraft may concentrate mainly on the handicrafts in future. Fairtrade is about more than just a product; it is about a whole way of thinking, being and living and that doesn’t die. If you care, look for the Fairtrade logo when you shop, even if you can’t find Traidcraft.

February 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Read the Parish Magazine here:_

Native Feb19

The current Electoral Roll is due for complete renewal.
All individuals must complete a new membership form to be part of the electoral roll – no names will be carried over automatically from the existing list.
The electoral roll is open to all aged 16 and over who live in the Parish, are baptised and worship regularly.
Application forms are available in St. James’ Church or from the Electoral Roll Officer (Annette Whittle). Please return the completed forms to Annette, the Vicar or a Churchwarden before 17th March

All Saints Churchyard. Take a walk through the churchyard and you will see thousands of snowdrops looking their best (see photos below). We also have some aconites that were planted last year in flower too.

Can we also remind you that Christmas flowers and wreaths on graves, should now be removed. 

From Sheila. The evenings are starting to get lighter. Spring is definitely on its way. The churchyard is full of snowdrops, and we have much to look forward to. We are hoping that a lot of the bird boxes that we put up, will be occupied this year. Holy Mowers are fortunate to receive a cheque for £200 from the East of England Co-op token scheme. This will pay to refurbish of the trailer that we have been given. We have found storage for all our mowers, so I am finally off to see Mr Bellett at Alresford to ask him to find us a suitable, good, second hand ride-on mower. How exciting, then we will be ready to go! Several of us have been working off the extra calories that we consumed over the Christmas period, and we have raked many more bags of leaves. Beneath the leaves are snowdrops and primroses just waiting to unfurl. Nature is a wonderful thing. We have had some lovely cards made from a beautiful photo that Angela took in the churchyard in 2018. The inside is left blank so they can be used for a variety of occasions. We are hoping to produce cards of all the seasons. The Mowers have some really good photo skills. The cards will be available to buy and monies raised will be put towards projects planned for the churchyard. We are urgently looking to get some notice boards. Users of the churchyard need to know about the regulations, the types of trees/ birds/wildlife we have in our churchyard, and tell the story of the war graves. Hopefully within a few months they will be in place. We have also held our celebration lunch; it was a wonderful occasion. 14 of us sat down together for good food and laughter. When we started the Holy Mowers three years ago, there were about five of us, and now we have 17. They don’t all turn up every week, but many hands make light work, the results are amazing, and we are always happy to welcome more. [If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574]

If you would like to join the Holy Mowers just turn up at 10.00 on any Thursday morning or give Sheila Crowe a ring on 01206 30 65 74 

Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate on 20th Nov.

The aftermath of a car going out of control, crashing through the lychgate and wrecking some 10 headstones.  Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath. Thanks to all who have given money to help restore the gate and headstones

Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.

  

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).

Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college.  The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Memories of London Community Gospel Choir

Judith Gibbons writes: The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come.

We welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’, 65 men and women who had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. The audience loved it!

And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.

Rev Bazil spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe  on 30 65 74.

Mission of the Month:
TRAIDCRAFT 
Traidcraft plc pioneered fair trade in the UK, but in common with many retailers currently, they are struggling to remain viable, and are at risk of closure having made a loss of £500,000 in 2017.  Many of our Saturday Coffee regulars will recall the stall run for several years by David and Linda Salmon, selling colourful packets of tea, coffee, dates, cocoa and chocolate and more. In churches around the country, there are still similar stalls, though their numbers are gradually dwindling. The  Traidcraft venture started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 importing handicrafts and food from impoverished parts of the world, and guaranteeing the producers a fair, minimum price and improved working conditions. They claim that anything you can think of that’s fair trade today, Traidcraft did it first.

While the Traidcraft business struggles, sales of goods bearing the Fairtrade Foundation’s fairtrade logo (which Traidcraft helped to set up) are booming. Rising by 7% in 2017 compared with the previous year. The Fairtrade message is now so mainstream that customers who care about ethical consumption can find their fairtrade products (mostly foodstuffs) from any supermarket. The big concern is for producers who only have access to market their goods through Traidcraft.
For example, around 700 women in India are employed making hand-stitched cards. In seeking ways to keep their business afloat, Traidcraft may concentrate mainly on the handicrafts in future. Fairtrade is about more than just a product; it is about a whole way of thinking, being and living and that doesn’t die. If you care, look for the Fairtrade logo when you shop, even if you can’t find Traidcraft.

January 2019 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Join in 40 days of blessing our community in January
The Christians in Brightlingsea are entering a 40-day period of prayer using a prayer booklet ’Keep Blessing Your Community’. Speaking (not just praying for) blessing on your community is well-founded theologically: see Leviticus 9:22-24 and 1 Peter 2:9 where Peter affirms we are a Royal Priesthood which carries the privilege of speaking God’s blessing on others. Members of our local churches have had the opportunity to sign up for the special booklet ‘Blessing Your Community’  We believe that making a concerted effort to raise our prayers daily, either individually or in groups, or services will have a transformative effect on our town and increase good neighbourliness. Booklets on the table at the back of St James, price £3.

Christmas Bazaar 24th Nov

A good attendance and a good £1300 result for church funds.

Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate on 20th Nov.

The aftermath of a car going out of control, crashing through the lychgate and wrecking some 10 headstones.  Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath. Thanks to all who have given money to help restore the gate and headstones

Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.

  

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).

Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college.  The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.

The Native  From now on you can once again read The Native! Click here: Native Jan_19

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Memories of London Community Gospel Choir

Judith Gibbons writes: The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come.

We welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’, 65 men and women who had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. Their director, Alison Benz, and Rev Bazil gave an impromptu, and witty, demonstration of the conductor’s art as, with humour and skill, they drew a great performance from the ‘amateurs’! The audience loved it!

And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. From then until 9.30pm, the building rocked! From almost head-banging choruses to delicate a capella harmonies, we were treated to the full range of gospel music at its best. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. We were not a passive audience! Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.

Rev Bazil summed up what many of us felt: that one (very large) family had gathered to share an amazing evening. He spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe  on 30 65 74.

Mission of the Month:
TRAIDCRAFT 
Traidcraft plc pioneered fair trade in the UK, but in common with many retailers currently, they are struggling to remain viable, and are at risk of closure having made a loss of £500,000 in 2017.  Many of our Saturday Coffee regulars will recall the stall run for several years by David and Linda Salmon, selling colourful packets of tea, coffee, dates, cocoa and chocolate and more. In churches around the country, there are still similar stalls, though their numbers are gradually dwindling. The  Traidcraft venture started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 importing handicrafts and food from impoverished parts of the world, and guaranteeing the producers a fair, minimum price and improved working conditions. They claim that anything you can think of that’s fair trade today, Traidcraft did it first.

While the Traidcraft business struggles, sales of goods bearing the Fairtrade Foundation’s fairtrade logo (which Traidcraft helped to set up) are booming. Rising by 7% in 2017 compared with the previous year. The Fairtrade message is now so mainstream that customers who care about ethical consumption can find their fairtrade products (mostly foodstuffs) from any supermarket. The big concern is for producers who only have access to market their goods through Traidcraft.
For example, around 700 women in India are employed making hand-stitched cards. In seeking ways to keep their business afloat, Traidcraft may concentrate mainly on the handicrafts in future. Fairtrade is about more than just a product; it is about a whole way of thinking, being and living and that doesn’t die. If you care, look for the Fairtrade logo when you shop, even if you can’t find Traidcraft.

December 2018 News

The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Christmas Bazaar 24th Nov

A good attendance and a good £1300 result for church funds.

Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate 

Late night Tuesday 20th November a car went out of control approaching the bend at All Saints and crashed through the lychgate damaging the gates and either flattening or damaging some 6 headstones in the churchyard beyond. The driver left the scene of the accident but is understood to have since been arrested. Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath.

Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.

  

Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).

Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college.  The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.

The Native  From now on you can once again read The Native! Click here:  Native December 2018

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

Gospel rocks local church…London Community Gospel Choir

The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come. The planning started way back in May; the excitement built steadily; and finally, on that memorable Saturday, the London Community Gospel Choir came to St James’.

As the day began, it looked like any other Saturday as the church hosted its busy coffee morning. However, behind the scenes volunteers were beginning to turn the building into a concert hall for the night. To the clink of mugs and the hum of conversation, the chancel was transformed into a performance platform with backdrops and stage lights carefully positioned to draw all eyes to the high altar’s cross and our beautiful Christos. We’d sold 300 tickets and their holders would all need a seat, so the balcony pews were cleared and cleaned whilst 164 chairs were squeezed in downstairs. Anything that could be moved (tables, book-cases, pianos, pulpits!) was moved to clear the view of the chancel and maximise the space.

Refreshments would be needed for the expected audience: a tea and coffee station, with biscuits galore; a bar offering beers, wines and soft drinks. Let’s not forget the choir, their band and their technical crew. They all needed a meal, a supply of drinks and lots of cake. (The singers especially relished the sugar boost after nearly two hours of high-energy performing.) Many volunteers put their shoulders to the collective wheel to ensure the night went without a hitch.

The doors opened at 7.00pm and the audience poured in. Within half an hour everyone was seated, the lights dimmed, and we welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’. Coming from various groups around the area, the 65 men and women had had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. Their director, Alison Benz, and Rev Bazil gave an impromptu, and witty, demonstration of the conductor’s art as, with humour and skill, they drew a great performance from the ‘amateurs’! The audience loved it!

And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. From then until 9.30pm, the building rocked! From almost head-banging choruses to delicate a capella harmonies, we were treated to the full range of gospel music at its best. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. We were not a passive audience! Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.

Before the final song, Rev Bazil summed up what many of us felt: that one (very large) family had gathered to share an amazing evening. He spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”

And as the audience went out buzzing into the warm evening, the volunteers turned to once more and restored our ‘concert hall’ to a space where 8.00am Eucharist could take place…

I sincerely thank all the volunteers who worked so tirelessly on the day. I especially thank the committee who prayed, planned, toiled and lost sleep in the weeks leading up to the event. And we all wish to thank Nigel Taylor, whose expertise was drawn on at every stage and who lit up the evening in his own special way.

Judith Gibbons

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe  on 30 65 74.

MISSION OF THE MONTH:

Beacon of Hope

For the newsletter for August 2018 click here:-

Beacon update August 2018